I was 32 when I had my first child, a daughter who is now 17. Shortly after her birth, we learned that she had Down syndrome and a little later, that she had a heart defect. To say that the rug was pulled out from under us is an understatement. This may sound crazy to … Continue reading Forged in the Fire: deriving meaning from suffering.
Teach What You Are Learning
A timely reminder (for me) to let go of perfection and share what we know, what we’re learning and doing, now.
Photo: Sachin Khona.
We are here to teach what we are learning. Not just what we’ve figured out and crystallized.
What we are scraping at, seduced by, frustrated with, in love with. What we think about in secret. What we worry we will never be good enough at.
That is the thing we are here to teach.
You will never arrive (the mark will keep shifting). So: start writing, recording, speaking, creating. Start showing up. Be honest about where you are. Honesty is the most compelling currency there is. There’s no need to fake it, contort it, half-truth it, or apologize.
You are learning. We all are. That thing you’re obsessed with, wondering about, poking around, saying, “some day?”
No one else sees it the exact way you see it.
It’s been written before?
Write it again.
It’s too scary to say?
It needs your bravery as its…
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The Light Within You
You have extraordinary treasures within you...and bringing those treasures to light takes work and faith and focus and courage and hours of devotion, and the clock is ticking, and the world is spinning, and we simply do not have time anymore to think so small. Elizabeth Gilbert - Big Magic. Creative Living Beyond Fear Our … Continue reading The Light Within You
Taking a step into a larger life
This is what I needed to hear once again. Thank you.
We get to this point in our life [where] we see that stepping into a larger life is intimidating because it requires that we risk being who we really are, that is, what wants to come to the world through us – rather than serving our ego comforts or whatever instructions came our way. We cannot expect someone else to give us permission. The parent complexes, or the culture complexes, are embedded in our history and will never stop saying what they always said. So it is up to us at this later point, when we have served those voices so long, to realize that our own psyches have a unique point of view, that each one of us is different and that we are bound for different destinies. Stepping into largeness will require that we discern our personal authority – rather than the authority of others or the authority…
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this (good) life by Katrina Kenison
I wrote about Katrina Kenison's book Magical Journey here. This is her most recent blog post entitled "this (good) life", which offers such an inspiring, poignant and soul-filling message: joy and heartache can co-exist; remember to see the sacred in the now, the blessings of today. Here it is. Enjoy 🙂
What Matters Most? An Exercise to Determine Your Values.
I've been taking some time to read (memoirs like Home Grown. Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World by Ben Hewitt. and Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan, cookbooks like Gwyneth Paltrow's, It's All Good, and Jenny Rosenstrach's Dinner the Playbook. And another book, which defies easy description, entitled, A Hidden Wholeness. The … Continue reading What Matters Most? An Exercise to Determine Your Values.
The Crossroads of Should and Must – Elle Luna
Hi everyone, I just read the Medium.com article entitled, The Crossroads of Should and Must, by Elle Luna and HAD TO, JUST HAD TO share it with you. So much of what she says resonates with me and I hope it will with you as well! This article went viral back in April 2014 (wish … Continue reading The Crossroads of Should and Must – Elle Luna
Life Purpose Vol. III
Exploring my life purpose has been an ongoing project which intensified over the last couple of years. A few months ago, I re-discovered a book I bought a couple of years ago called Live Your Life Purposeby Dorothy Ratusny. Ms. Ratusny provided the following questions which I found to be very helpful. Get your journal out, dear people, and … Continue reading Life Purpose Vol. III
Mary Oliver poems
I've recently woken up to the poetry of Mary Oliver. I don't know why I haven't really discovered her till now; it wasn't for lack of the universe whispering her name in my ear! Here are two of her poems that I love. The Journey by Mary Oliver One day you finally knew what … Continue reading Mary Oliver poems
What does life want from you? More on Life Purpose.
I've mentioned before how books seem to fall into my lap just when I need them. I think that one of the next ones on my to read list is, The Great Work of Your Life, by Stephen Cope. See here a short review by Justin Wise who eloquently sets the stage for how this book can be … Continue reading What does life want from you? More on Life Purpose.